What Does The Future Hold For Jeter After '10?

Is this Derek Jeter's last year in pinstripes? It could be. Jeter is entering his final season of the 10-year $189 million contract he signed before the 2001 season. Logic says Jeter will remain in the Bronx until his career is over. I sure hope so.

Jeter is considered one of the best players of his generation. The number of accomplishments he has in his 14 year career are incredible. He is the all-time hits leader among shortstops, all-time Yankees hit leader, a ten-time All Star, a five-time world champion, and is the only player in history to win the All-Star and World Series MVP in the same season. He also just won Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for 2009. That is just some of what Derek has done in his time with the Yankees.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has made it known that he does not like to talk about contract extensions or contract status until the final season has been played out. Such an example occured during the 2007 season. Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada were pending free agents and wanted to have their contracts in place for the 2007 season so there would be no distraction of contract talk. Cashman and the Yanks held firm to their business plan of not re-negiocating contracts until season's end. The move didn't sit too well with Rivera and Posada who were looking at a future that might not longer see them playing in the Bronx. The Yanks ultimately re-signed both players. Rivera is a free agent after this season to go along with Jeter.

The question is what will the Yankees offer Jeter to finish his career in pinstripes? Surely the Captain has to retire a Yankee. Jeter will turn 36 on June 26 and the Yankees could give Derek a three or four year deal around 15 million. Would that be enough for Derek? One would think it is. With all the endorsements that Jeter is committed to, that number of 15 million could easily be doubled if he remains a Yankee. There is no brighter stage than Yankee Stadium and the New York Yankees and Derek knows that. It'll be interesting to see how the Yankees address his contract situation in the coming year.

As a fan, I can NOT see Jeter in any other uniform. It's weird seeing him in the Team USA uniform for the World Baseball Classic, how can I see him in an Angels jersey or a Cubs jersey? I think Jeter will stay in pinstripes until he's ready to call it quits on an amazing career. A career full of milestones, money, championships, and memorable plays....and how can we forget women. Jeter is said to be getting married in the fall of 2010. My friends, we have seen it all. Derek Jeter is this generation's Joe DiMaggio. An icon, a legend, an idol, a larger than life persona, but most importantly...a Yankee.



Career highlights and awards
10× All-Star selection (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
World Series champion (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009)
Gold Glove Award winner (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)
Silver Slugger Award winner (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
2× AL Hank Aaron Award winner (2006, 2009)
1996 AL Rookie of the Year Award
2000 All-Star Game MVP Award
2000 World Series MVP Award
2000 Babe Ruth Award
2009 Roberto Clemente Award
2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
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2010 Yanks Better Than 2009?

Here we are in the middle of Janurary and Spring Training is about a month away. Most of the big moves have already been made this offseason but there is still one big name out there, Johnny Damon. As good as he would fit in the Yankees lineup this year, I still don't see him returning to the Bronx. As for the 2010 Yankees, I think improved from their 2009 World Championship team. Let's see how..

Curtis Grandersen will the Yankees CF in 2010 and he is a defensive and offensive upgrade over Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner. Curtis can give you 30 HRs, 90 RBI (100 depending on what spot in the lineup he's hitting) and 20-30 steals. He also is a solid defender and while he doesn't quite have the arm Melky has, he does a good one. Melky was traded to Atlanta in the offseason but he's best suited to be a fourth outfielder. It'll be interesting to see how he does with the Braves.

Javier Vazquez was acquired in the afermentioned Melky Cabrera trade with Atlanta. Javy had a nice first half with the Yanks in 2004 but it ultimately ended in disaster in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS when he came out of the bullpen and Damon hit the first pitch Vazquez threw for a grand slam, thus cementing the historic Yankee collapse that season. He is a strong option for a fourth starter replacing Andy Pettitte's spot in the rotation. Pettitte will take the number three spot in the rotation replacing Chien-Ming Wang's spot. The pressure will still be there for Vazquez to perform but with CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Pettitte ahead of him in the rotation, the lights might not be so bright for him this time around. He essentially is replacing Wang on the roster and if the Yanks won without Wang, they can certainly win with Javy being a solid pitcher and winnning around 12 games.

The losses of Damon and Hideki Matsui will hurt the Yankees as they are losing a lot of offensive production but Grandersen and Nick Johnson can help fill most, if not all that void. Vazquez as the projected fourth starter gives the Yankees one of the best rotations in baseball.

So are the 2010 Yankees better than the 2009 Yankees that won the title on November 4th? It's debatable, but I think so. Of course, the season will have to be played to get the answer to that. Until then, the Yankees are STILL the World Champs of baseball!
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Who's In LF in 2010?

The question in Yankeeland is what do the Yankees do with left field for 2010? The answer might not be what most Yankee fans want to hear. It's going to be a small move, like a Reed Johnson or staying with Brett Gardner. That means no Matt Holliday or Johnny Damon.

I would love to see Damon back in pinstripes but his asking price is just to high, even for the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman has made it known to everyone over the last couple years that he wants to get the Yankees younger and more athletic. Re-signing Damon goes against both. Damon is 35 and isn't getting any younger. His health, isn't getting any better and he most certainly would be more of a DH at this stage of his career than a LF. He started out as the Yankees CF in 2006 but because of his declining skills on the field and health issues, he became a LF, now he's a DH. The big thing against Johnny is his asking price of 3 years and $12 million per. Not an area the Yankees want to explore. With the addition of Nick Johnson at DH and no. 2 spot in the lineup, that all likely spells the end of Johnny in pinstripes.

Matt Holliday is a good player, but he wants Teixeria money ($18 million per year), not happening in the Bronx. The Yankees in my opinion have improved their roster from the final out of Game 6 of the World Series, so how much better can Holliday make the world champs? He would be a luxury, not a necessity. I expect him to re-sign with St. Louis.

That leaves Brett Gardner in LF. The Yankees won in the 90's and 2000 with players like Chad Curtis, Shane Spencer, Clay Bellinger, and Tim Raines. They have an All-Star at almost every position so I'd say give Gardner a chance to play a full season out there. If he struggles or gets hurt then you can make a move accordingly, but until then, Brett Gardner will be your Opening Day LF in 2010, I can't see it being any other way.
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A Message for 2010 and OTBNY

Happy new year to all! If you are reading this, I thank you for doing so. In the new year there will be a bit of a change in format for this blog and some changes will be on the horizon pretty soon. Lets get started with some announcements.

This blog will no longer will a New York sports blog...it will simply be a Yankees blog. I just don't have the time anymore to update on every NY sports team. It will be a Yankees blog until my other projects start to take flight.

Those other projects are Chasing800 and ChasingRecords. Chasing800 will also be a Yankees only blog, but every post put there will also be posted here as well. Once C800 is ready to go, I will make the announcement here.

ChasingRecords will be a NY sports blog that myself and other people will contribute to. I'm not sure when that will come about but once it's up and going, the announcement will be made here.

For now, this blog will be up and running and for anyone who is reading, thank you once again and hopefully you can make the transition with me as smoothly as possible.
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